Sunday, September 28, 2014

Coming Exhibition: Sue Keane, Andrea Rubin Kichaven, Alison Lowe Platt

Tues. September 30 - Sat. October 25, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 11, 5-8 p.m.

New Works on Paper, Sue Keane
Sue Keane, Vessel I, Monotype, 20 x 15 in
Making a dramatic shift from her previous focus on ceramic media, artist Sue Keane explores abstract two dimensional expression in her current body of work. Working solely with oil-based inks and paper, Keane creates monoprints within a restrictive palette of black and white, occasionally infusing bold orange hues. High contrast images emerge in pieces like “Vessel,” as strong lines thrust upward in compositions that simultaneously suggest motion and strength. Keane is inspired by architectural patterns and forms, using a linear style that she developed first in her clay works and translates seamlessly to paper. The effect is one of fluid grandeur - using the ancient technique of ink printmaking with a contemporary perspective.

Windows of Dreams, Andrea Rubin Kichaven 
Andrea Rubin Kichaven, Spectrum of Light, Acrylic, 24 x 36 in
The exploration of atmosphere, weather, composition and mood are Kichaven’s focus in her upcoming show, Windows of Dreams. Mindful moments captured in a small window of time create a dream-like expression of space and place. The spiritual and physical become the catalyst of her exploration. From a lifelong fascination with the magic of the sky and the elusiveness of clouds, Kichaven’s current work reveals the fleeting moments that have the power to make us stop, look up, and daydream. Kichaven’s work is built on layers of texture, exuberant marks, and color, to crystallize this visual imagery. Modernists Mark Rothko and Josef Albers have inspired Kichaven's use of color. “Her color sensibility and layout are remarkable,” said acclaimed artist Franklyn Liegel. Color is the heart and soul of Kichaven's work. Through the process of application and elimination, Kichaven gradually builds layers of color, creating depth and translucency that give way to recognizable yet abstract landscapes. This experimentation with texture and color reveals ethereal compositions that resonate as spiritual landscapes.

Explorations, Alison Lowe Platt
Alison Lowe Platt, Little Reminders, Mixed Media, 30 x 22 in
In her most recent body of work, Alison Lowe Platt shifts stylistically from her plein-air and oil painting background to focus on animated mixed media compositions. Implementing a vibrant use of color with media that combines photo transfer along with ink, gouache, oil-based inks, and pencil elements, Platt's new work takes on a more intuitive approach. According to Platt, her intent is to achieve organic art pieces. By drawing equally from the influence of family and friends as well as spiritual meditations, each work in "Explorations" unfolds leaving the viewer with narratives of both frivolity and intangibility. “There’s an element of surprise with these [pieces] that is both challenging and exciting," says Platt. "I love the pushing and pulling of colors and learning how to manipulate the viewer's focus." By incorporating an array of provocative and ethereal imagery in her subject matter, Platt’s works take on contemporary and philosophical themes.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Coming Exhibition: Pam Douglas, Ernie Marjoram, Camey McGilvray

Tues. September 2 - Sat. September 27, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 6, 5-8 p.m.
Artist Talk: Saturday, September 20, 5 p.m.

The Long Thread, Pam Douglas
Pam Douglas,  The 4 Phases,  Inks on rice paper, 60 x 50 in.
New work by Pam Douglas explores the cycle of birth and death in “The Long Thread.” This show transcends her previous paintings by adding string, twine and rope -- rough textures that contrast with silk and rice paper, expanding these large-scale works into 3-dimensions. As with her previous series, Douglas reveals her admiration for Asian art using rice paper and silk, and suspending the fabric from dowels that recall Japanese and Chinese scroll paintings. In “The Source Within” indigo strings cascade through a divide of bronze and gold on silk panels, like a source of bright energy opening into birth. This scroll-like mixed media painting is almost seven feet high. In “Four Phases,” rice paper panels progress from white to black, and red strings in groups of four continue the careful balance, creating an understated elegance, both contemplative and hopeful.

Works on Paper, Ernie Marjoram 
Ernie Marjoram, Baptistry, Graphite 7 x 5 in.
For his current exhibition, “Works on Paper,” artist Ernie Marjoram presents drawings of a range of subjects; landscapes, still life compositions and figure studies in a variety of media: watercolor, pen and ink, pencil and charcoal, etchings and digital prints.  Marjoram’s latest body of work is a transition from previous oil studies in vibrant candies and comfort foods. “For me, there is no single definition of beauty and no single approach to art,” says Marjoram.  Some images are highly rendered, while others are black and white.  “I have always experimented withdifferent graphic techniques and have become comfortable combining traditional and digital techniques,” says Marjoram.  “In the end it is all about the image, not the technique.”  While studying a range of subjects in his current series, Marjoram’s strong gestural brushstrokes and technical skill create animated characters and environments.

L.A. Boogie Woogie, Camey McGilvray
Camey McGilvray, LA Boogie Woogie, Acrylic, wood, and wire, 48 x 48 x 4 in.
In artist Camey McGilvray's latest sculpture series, abstracted forms in wood, wire and rebar are a continued concentration in her work. Using the grid as a compositional tool, McGilvray recalls mid-century Los Angeles architectural influences - referencing the landmark "Hollywood Hills House", among other urban locations, including downtown Los Angeles itself. The piece L.A.Boogie-Woogie is based on a map of L.A's downtown area and the title pays homage to Piet Mondrian's own version of Manhattan and is also the show title. McGilvray maintains a strong focus on line in her work, using rebar in free-standing works and superimposing wire on vibrant painted mixed media wall sculptures. The pulse of the city is echoed in her animated andanthropomorphic forms as wires pulsate with an energy of their own.

Friday, August 15, 2014

TAG California Open Selections p6

Enjoy some selections from the 2014 TAG California Open Exhibition, which runs through August 29.
Lori Shocket, Prayer For..., Mixed Media, 26x48x4, 2014
Thomas Skene, Untitled 6, Pen and Ink, 30x22, 2013
Jill Sykes, Elan Vital, Oil on Canvas, 48x36, 2013
Elizabeth Szymczak, Repose, Oil on Canvas, 24x30, 2013
Alison Turner, Traci and Jamie, Digital Pigment Print, 20x20, 2013
Tom Wheeler, Ghost Trees, Digital Print, 20x30, 2013
Tom Wheeler, Plastic Horse, Digital Print, 20x30, 2013
Vonda Yarberry, Holding Ball, Turning Ball, Looping Video, LCD Screens on Acrylic Mounts, 7.5x5.5x1, 2014